LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Department of Health, Sport & Exercise Sciences invites walkers and runners to participate in the 2019 Dr. Bob Run 5K Event, supporting student scholarships. The event will be at 9 a.m. Oct. 20 at Rim Rock Farm.
Cost to participate in the Dr. Bob Run 5K event is $30 per participant until Oct. 19, then $35 on the day of the event. Children do not need to register to participate in the 1 Mile Kids Run.
“We encourage everyone to come out to Rim Rock Farm and participate in the 10th and final Dr. Bob Run,” said Brian Gordon, associate professor in the health, sport & exercise sciences department. “Moving forward, we will honor Dr. Frederick in different ways, which we believe will bring more awareness to his name and legacy.”
The 5K course at Rim Rock Farm has been described as scenic and challenging. As the home to the KU cross country team, Rim Rock Farm features two covered bridges, specific hills, turns and other landmarks that are named after former Jayhawks.
The event also includes a virtual 5K option for participants who cannot travel to Lawrence on the day of the event. Cost to participate in the virtual 5K is $30, and virtual participants will be mailed a race bib, a race medal and each of the additional items provided in the participant race packets. More information and online registration can be found here.
The Dr. Bob Run was established in 2010 as a means to raise funds and awareness for the Dr. Bob Frederick Scholarship Program while promoting a healthy, active family lifestyle. Frederick died June 12, 2009, and the Frederick family established the Dr. Bob Frederick Scholarship to celebrate his life and professional contributions to the university and surrounding community.
Frederick was a KU athletic director and served the HSES department as interim chair and a faculty member in the sport management program. He was an avid runner and biker, and he also coached the Lawrence High School girls cross country team. He competed in numerous 5K races, marathons and triathlons. Throughout his career, Frederick challenged athletes, students, colleagues and friends to live a life that mattered. Through this scholarship, his memory continues to make a difference in the lives of students.
The Department of Health, Sport & Exercise Sciences is housed in the KU School of Education, a nationally ranked school preparing educators and health/sport/exercise professionals as leaders. The school is in the process of changing its name to the School of Education and Human Sciences between now and fall 2020. More information on the name change can be found here.
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